Vinatieri: I have better QB rating than Peyton Manning, Tom Brady

What was supposed to be a Second Amendment speech turned into an open forum for Adam Vinatieri.

During the NRA’s annual meetings on Friday, the Colts’ veteran kicker took the opportunity to tease Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, pointing out he has a better career quarterback rating than his former Hall of Fame-bound teammates.

“I think we can all agree the traditions that we share are real touchdown moments in life,” Vinatieri said, via the Washington Times. “Notice that I said touchdown and not field goals? My quarterback rating is better than Peyton Manning’s and Tom Brady’s.”

Before anyone gets up in arms, it was nothing more than a friendly dig by Vinatieri, who won four Super Bowls with the Manning-led Colts and Brady-led Patriots.

But, surprisingly, it’s also true.

In 19 NFL seasons, Vinatieri’s lone career pass attempt came with the Pats in 2004, when he threw a touchdown on a fake field goal play. His QB rating stands at 122.9, per Manning and Brady, on the other hand, have career ratings of 97.2 and 95.7, respectively.

“Trust me — I’ve let both of those guys know,” Vinatieri said.

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